National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

A workshop for NIDRR Grantees
Rating the Strength of Evidence and Recommendations
for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Rating the quality of research evidence and strength of recommendations for evidence-based clinical guidelines/practice is an important issue in the field. The NCDDR is sponsoring a hands-on, interactive workshop to learn about the development of GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) and how to use its tools. A next step would be to see if there is a "fit" for GRADE within the disability/rehabilitation arena.

All NIDRR grantees are invited to participate (there is a limit of 20 participants).

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About GRADE: The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group "has developed a common, sensible, and transparent approach to grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations." Recommendations to administer, or not administer, an intervention, should be based on the tradeoffs between benefits on the one hand, and risks, burden and, potentially, costs on the other. GRADE attempts to serve as a single system that avoids shortcomings seen in numerous complex systems and minimizes bias. Nearly 40 national and international organizations, including AHRQ, WHO, and the Cochrane Collaboration have endorsed the GRADE approach since it began in 2000.

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If you have any questions, please contact Joann Starks: or call 800-266-1832.

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NCDDR is funded by the
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Project Number: H133A060028
U.S. Department of Education